California Gov. Jerry Brown's $315 million proposal to comply with the state's federally mandated prison plan would send inmates to counties that are willing to take them -- and have the jail space, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Tuesday.
Fresno isn't one of those counties. The Fresno County Jail, Mims said, has no available space.
"We're at capacity all the time," she said.
But Mims is supportive of Brown's plan to send inmates to privately run prisons such as the 569-bed Claremont Custody Center, a city-owned facility in Coalinga that has sat empty since mid-2011, when the state ended its contract as part of the governor's prison realignment plan.
Mims -- as well as the California State Sheriffs' Association -- said using facilities such as the one in Coalinga are preferable to early release.
"I'm very grateful that we're talking about doing that," she said.
Read more about Brown's plan from Capitol Alert.